Volkswagen e-Golf named Best Compact in 2016 AAA Green Car Guide

Apr 26, 2016

Lauded for its performance and value, the e-Golf joins AAA’s list

Herndon, VA  — Volkswagen of America, Inc., is pleased to announce that the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf, was named Best Compact today in the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide, a comprehensive report published annually by the largest member of the AAA federation – the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.

“Our team is very proud to be named to the top of AAA’s list,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President of Product Marketing for Volkswagen of America. “This award is a testament to the many strengths of the e-Golf—cutting-edge technology, versatility, efficiency and value along with the fun to drive element that is so characteristic of the Volkswagen brand.”

“The VW e-Golf SEL Premium is well equipped and fun to drive, and the best part about it is that it’s a greener version of a traditional Golf,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automotive Research Center.

AAA tests cars on the basis of 13 categories, including: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. Scores of 0 to 10 points in each category are totaled to determine the top vehicles. The guide summarizes vehicle specifications, test scores, data and observations and lists its strengths and weaknesses. Each year, the research center tracks significant changes to a vehicle from model year to model year. If no significant changes were made to the power train in 2016, a prior model year’s results were used.

The 2016 e-Golf is based on the award-winning Golf architecture, which redefined the hatchback category with enough space for five adults and more cargo space than any midsize sedan. The e-Golf is powered by a synchronous permanent-magnet alternating current (AC) motor, capable of delivering a 199 lb-ft of torque along with 115 horsepower, all the while not using a single drop of fuel and producing zero tailpipe emissions. The EPA-estimated range for the e-Golf is 83 miles and the combined EPA-estimated 116 MPGe puts e-Golf at the top of the 2016 compact EV class.  

Available in select states, two trim levels of e-Golf are offered for model year 2016. A value-oriented e-Golf SE lowers the price of entry to e-mobility with a starting price of $28,995 and $199/month lease offer. It comes equipped with a 3.6 kW onboard charger, but can be upgraded to the 7.2 kW onboard charger with the DC Fast Charging Package ($1,675). The e-Golf SEL Premium has a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment, enabling the EV’s battery to be recharged in less than four hours using the available 240-volt wall box. Using the SAE standard DC fast-charging infrastructure (available at select stations), the battery can be charged to up to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

The 2016 e-Golf features a suite of new connectivity features that includes USB connectivity and VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology, as well as a number of newly available driver assistance systems. The e-Golf offers a high level of standard and available equipment, including: Keyless access with push-button start; heatable front seats; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; a rearview camera; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Park Distance Control (Park Pilot); and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

About AAA

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at  Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at

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The e-Golf vehicle is only available at participating dealers in select states. Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. 

Charges up to 80% in 30 minutes requires charging at select DC fast charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging) can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. See owner's manual for details.

Charge in under 4 hours is an approximate time using available 240V home charging wall box, purchased separately. Actual charge time will vary and depends on several factors including battery age and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See dealer or owner’s literature for limited warranty details.

2016 e-Golf EPA estimated range is 83 miles. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.

Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive while distracted.